Driver, Frederick William: Service no. 53449

Digitized Service Record

Source: 18th Battalion Nominal Roll, April 1915.


Summary of Service[i] for Private Frederick William Driver, reg. no. 53449

October 20, 1895BornBorn Suffolk, England.
Circa 1900 – 1914Immigrates to CanadaImmigrates to Canada and appears to reside in Woodstock, Ontario.
October 26, 1914EnlistsEnlists with the 18th Battalion at Woodstock, Ontario. He is a 19-year-old labourer and lists his sister, Bernice Close (No. 14 Married Quarters, The Barracks, Inniskilling, Ireland) as his next-of-kin. This 5’8” man has no prior military experience and has a blonde medium complexion, gray eyes, and blonde hair. He agrees to the mandatory series of Typhoid inoculations.[ii]
December 14, 1914Mulct Pay$2.20 of pay withheld per DO 42.
February 1915Mulct Pay1 day’s pay ($1.00) withheld. DO 87.
April 18, 1915EmbarksEmbarks SS Grampian at Halifax, Nova Scotia, for England.
April 29, 1915DisembarksDisembarks Avonmouth and arrives West Sandling Camp same day.
May 8, 1915Brother KIABrother Private Leonard Driver KIA during the 2nd Battle of Ypres. His battalion suffered 700 casualties.
June 19, 1915Forfeits PayForfeits 3-day’s pay for being AWL. Possibly to visit family.
September 15, 1915ArrivesArrives with the Battalion in France in transit to Belgium for active service.
February 1, 1916MemorandumMemorandum for the Officer i/c of Records regarding a question of there is a sum of money due Private William Driver from the estate of his brother, Private Leonard Driver, reg. no. 9300 to the Royal Lancaster Regiment, 2nd Division.   This man served with the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He died on May 8, 1915, at the age of 25-years old and is commemorated at the Menin Gate (Panel 12).
July 7, 1916Makes WillLeaves real and personal estate to a Mrs. E. Fox, 65 West Street, Farnham, Surrey.
September 19, 1916PromotedPromoted Corporal.
April 9, 1917WoundedWounded during the attack on Vimy Ridge. Suffers a GSW to the right hip.
April 10, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 2 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne.
April 15, 1917Admitted and TOSAdmitted to Duchess of Connaught Hospital and TOS with WORD.
April 23, 1917X-raysX-rays taken of wound.
August 9, 1917Reverts to PrivateReverts to private on own request. This may be an attempt to get back to the front to fight with another unit if his wounds healed and changed his designation to that of being able to be fit for active service.
December 5, 1917Proceeds of a Medical BoardHe has an “inability to walk properly” due to the fact his wound keeps re-healing and during this process he cannot walk. The board must think there is potential for him to heal as they have denied discharge due to medical reasons.
January 3, 1918TransferredTransferred to No. 15 Canadian General Hospital.
March 24, 1918TransferredTransferred to No. 11 Canadian General Hospital, Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe.
May 9, 1918TransferredTransferred to Military Convalescent, Epsom.
June 19, 1918TransferredTransferred to the “Manor” due to influenza. This is the Manor War Hospital, Epsom.
July 6, 1918Admitted or Resident AtConvalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom. Medical report states “Returned from Manor after attack of influenza. Feeling fine no complaints. W’s [wounds] in buttock healed well. No disability.”
July 30, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to the Manor.
August 3, 1918AdmittedAdmitted No. 16 Canadian General Hospital.
October 25, 1918Admitted or Resident AtMassey-Harris Convalescent Hospital, “Kingswood”, Dulwich.
August 23, 1918Anti-Tetanus ShotATS this date. 500 units.
September 5, 1918X-rays Taken3 x-rays with notes taken.
December 2, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to 16th Canadian General Hospital, Orpington.
December 17, 1918DischargedDischarged from above.
December 27, 1918On CommandOn Command to 1st CCD at Buxton.
December 28, 1918AttachedAttached to CDD Buxton for return to Canada per Part II oders.
January 4, 1919EmbarksEmbarks SS Grampian at Liverpool for Canada.
January 24, 1919SOS and TOSSOS to CEF in Canada to No. 1 MD.
February 4, 1919PostedPosted to Casualty Company and granted furlough with subsistence allowance to February 18, 1919.
February 19, 1919Dental Exam3 amalgams completed.
February 24, 1919DischargedDischarged at No. 1 MD, London, Ontario as medically unfit. Apparently, his complexion is not ruddy, his eyes are brown, and his hair is brown. He is issued with War Service Badge, Class A no. 82617 and B no. 52271. He indicates is place of residence is going to be 716 Nelson Street, Woodstock, Ontario.
Post-WarChange of Address CardNot dated. Changed address from 716 Nelson Street, Woodstock, Ontario to 749 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CDCCanadian Dispatch Camp
CFACanadian Field Ambulance/Canadian Field Artillery. Most common usage would be Canadian Field Ambulance.
DAHDisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
WORDWestern Ontario Regimental Depot

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

[ii] This soldier does not appear to assign his pay to a relative. This is unusual.

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